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Aug 15, 2012

It’s hot. We’re all feeling it, but we’re also out to enjoy what’s left of summer, blazing sun and all! For today’s edition of POOL’s Weekly Trend Roundup, we’re offering some suggestions for how to beat the heat and stay looking good.

Is there anything more summer-appropriate than a soft, flowy, organic cotton dress? As if that wasn’t perfect enough, this Nico dress, by Greenola Style, also happens to be 100% fair trade and ethically produced.

As much as we like to throw half of our existence into bags half our size, it’s time to lighten the load— so we’ve switched out our hobo bags for light totes and our wallets for these adorable neon Pochi coin-purses by Juice Planning.

Lately, we’ve been alternating between our beloved wayfarers and pair of sassy cat-eye sunglasses, and these Ultra Lux sunglasses by Tres Noir Optics will shield your face (and melting makeup).

Wearing anything tight in soaring temperatures feels so wrong. This easy breezy Sleep Pretend Cloak tee from Hips and Hair is perfect for layering over light cotton dresses or a trusty pair of cutoffs!

Aug 8, 2012 / 1 note

Making guilty purchases is no fun— in fact, we here at POOL love that the designers we support do more to help the environment than hurt it. Check out a few of our favorite pieces from do-gooder brands in today’s edition of POOL’s Weekly Trend Roundup!

SLOWCOLOR is an ecotextile brand based in Boulder, CO and has handmade, naturally-dyed scarves that are perfect for layering, like this "Origins" Scarf in  Dark Blue!

This Aurora Crop Top is made by Mata Traders, one of few manufacturers whose products are fair trade, meaning that the artisan groups that craft their clothing are paid a livable wage and working in safe conditions.

Think your undies can’t change the world for good? PACT Apparel is out to prove that they can by supporting worthy causes with their broad collection of essentials, like these Handpainted Star Crews Socks.

We know leather can be hard to do without, and Sprout Watches has come up with an interesting solution: fish leather! Intrigued? Check out this white-on-white fish leather watch.

Aug 1, 2012 / 2 notes

Out of all the clothing items we love, a well-worn graphic tee is one of the few items that feels like it loves us right back. For today’s edition of POOL’s Weekly Trend Roundup, we’re encouraging you to check out some of the amazing design (and stories) behind these interesting + adorable graphic tees:

The Montreal-based Yellow Bird Project works with indie musicians (Beach House, TV On the Radio, and Bon Iver to name a few) to design original graphic tees, the proceeds of which benefit a charity of the band’s choosing. Amazing, right? We love the tee designed by The National!

Coby Schultz and Barry Ament, the duo behind Ames Bros. Clothing, have received Grammy nominations for their ingenious packaging, and they’re using their eye for art and design for their line of graphic tees! Channel your inner Clint Eastwood with the Get Off tee.

You may have already spotted Gnome Enterprises at the Pitchfork Music Festival or the Renegade Craft Fair— if not, we’re sure their range of adorable designs will win you over, like this DJ Owl tee.

If a line of tees that’s “interesting”, “affordable”, and “comfortable” sounds like it suits your needs, check out the t-shirts from Choke Shirt Co.,  particularly this Amp shirt (why not rep your favorite logogram/punctuation mark?)

Jul 18, 2012 / 1 note

Looking to liven up your outfit? Add a pop of yellow! For this installation of the POOL Weekly Trend Roundup, we’re looking to help you overcome your fear of the vibrant hue with pieces you can work into your wardrobe:

BLQ MKT has a wide range of party-ready dresses, and this Highlighter Open Shoulder Dress will help you stand out at any summer function.

Highlighter yellow isn’t your thing? Take baby steps with Headline Shirts’ Fear and Loathing t-shirt in heather yellow, which a features an homage to Hunter S. Thompson in the form of a yellow giraffe.

Pastels have become our obsession, and Motel's Jordan Jeans in pink and lemon make a statement even when paired with a simple white tee! 

Sometimes all you need is a little peek of color! Sock It To Me offers any and every kind of sock you can imagine, including a selection of patterned yellow crew socks.

Jul 11, 2012 / 1 note

The POOL Weekly Trend Roundup presents The Essentials!

Through all of our frivolous shopping adventures, we never forget to spend on what really matters: the basics! Bags, wallets, and totes go beyond trends— they’re everyday musts! Here’s what we use to carry all of our daily necessities:

We show off our love for our favorite city with Maptote's casual chic Los Angeles Natural Hobo Tote.

Our favorite summertime box-office hero flick makes an appearance here on Dynomighty's Spider-Man Mighty Wallet.

Leather backpacks are the new essential! Check out Tano Handbag's sleek, versatile Forever Young backpack.

Studio Manhattan is dedicated to repping New York City (go figure) on their bags and wallets, and we’re obsessed with this Statue of Liberty/Empire Combo wallet.

Jun 27, 2012

Summer is here with a vengeance, and it’s always a challenge to keep cool and look good. But this season, we’re in luck!: whether it’s tribal-inspired, Americana, or bohemian chic, some of our favorite trends happened to be perfectly appropriate for this sweltering weather! Here’s some of our favorite desert-inspired gear:

Rojas' Coachella Bustier brings to mind fond memories of our favorite music festival (as well as soaring temperatures, cutoff shorts, etc.)

Rue 22 Jewelry's lightweight, delicate Wing Earrings keep you accessorized without weighing you down.

If you’ve been searching for a headpiece you can wear all summer, we suggest taking a look at Sweet Evie's bohemian Heavy Chain Headpiece ,a casual and interesting touch to any outfit.

We love Bandit Brand's philosophy of creating vintage-inspired t-shirts that look even better with a little wear-and-tear, particularly this Native-inspired Chief Tee.

Jun 20, 2012

The only season during which you can bare your midriff for the sake of being weather-appropriate is HERE, so take advantage of it! This week’s POOL roundup showcases some of our favorite graphic cropped tee’s:

Whether they’re dressed down with jeans or dressed up with bright trousers, the bold, black-and-pink lips on Motel's boxy Kiss Me Crop Tee help you stand out.

We’re digging Treacherous Minx's mod, sixties graphics, particularly the eye-catching Insight White Crop Tee.

Seeing as it’s named after the beloved scenic travel destination along California’s central coast, MNKR's Big Sur Tee is a summer essential.

Hot weather or not, coffee NEVER goes out of style. Love Nail Tree's Living On Coffee Crop Tee pays homage to the fuel that keeps us all going.

Jun 13, 2012

Independent jewelry designers, we salute you. All the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into carefully attaching a clasp or polishing a brassy finish onto each and every one of your beautifully executed products does NOT go unappreciated here at POOL. In fact, we are lucky enough to host a few of the most talented and inventive jewelry designers around, and for this week’s roundup we’ve decided to introduce you to a few of them with some of our favorite pieces!

Hardcouture’s Hot Pink Spike Bracelet playfully breaks up your usual stack of metal bangles with a surprising pop of shocking pink skulls. Luckily, we’re bffs with the peeps over at Hardcouture, so you can enter to win this bracelet by heading over to their Facebook and simply liking their page. Done and done.

Chime Jewelry’s Crash Earrings are not your average earrings. They make a statement but are also complementary enough to go with anything. They also happen to be made of drum cymbals! (We’re into it.)

Collarbone’s Past Lives Necklace juxtaposes sweet, feminine crystal with raw, brassy gun-shell.

Ornamental Things’ Best Friends Necklace Set is pretty much DYING to be gifted to your  BFF, and don’t forget you’re simultaneously giving yourself a gift, too.

Taxidermy helicopter cats, skates decks with buxom blondes on them, tempura-battered electronics…what do all of these things have in common? In short, not much. Besides the fact that they are all considered ART in their own respective ways. Whether the piece is outlandish, sexy, or gritty, we believe that a good artist has the ability to entertain, excite, and even infuriate the masses! So for this week’s POOL Roundup, we’re giving you the lowdown on our favorite art headlines.
.Gif’s now exist outside the realm of the internet! Street artist INSA has invented, what else, street art .gifs (Pictured)! The process was completed by painting over the same area several times and photographing each transformation to produce a mind-boggling product.
Recently, artist Jeff Gaudinet released a collection of skate decks entitled "Skate Moss", a playful project born out of mispronouncing the super model’s name. Inspired by Gaudinet’s work, Jason Yim, Edsel Dilag and Chris Vilchez have created "Skate Upton", a new set of skateboard art decks featuring a bikini-clad Kate Upton.
"Deep Fried Gadgets" by Henry Hargreaves is exactly what it sounds like— various technological devices, battered and deep-fried in the name of art. While the project is not lacking the provocative factor, Hargreaves had a pretty firm philosophy behind his shenanigans: “You get the device, you’re excited about it, you consume it, and then you disregard it.”
For the past decade, graffiti artist Horfe has accumulated some of the most innovative  and painstakingly thought-out pieces of street art to ever be produced. In honor of his work, Topsafe and Vans OTW have released "Death is Home", the latest film to come from the Crack & Shine film series.
If you thought people who stuffed their dead pets bodies to preserve them were weird, what this guy did might just take you over the edge. Dutch artist Bart Jansen decided to preserve the memory of his dead cat Orville into a taxidermic, remote-controlled helicopter. If visualizing that did not make you flinch, check out the article to see Orville’s first flight.
Check back next Wednesday for the next installation of the POOL Weekly Roundup!
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Jun 6, 2012 / 1 note

Taxidermy helicopter cats, skates decks with buxom blondes on them, tempura-battered electronics…what do all of these things have in common? In short, not much. Besides the fact that they are all considered ART in their own respective ways. Whether the piece is outlandish, sexy, or gritty, we believe that a good artist has the ability to entertain, excite, and even infuriate the masses! So for this week’s POOL Roundup, we’re giving you the lowdown on our favorite art headlines.

.Gif’s now exist outside the realm of the internet! Street artist INSA has invented, what else, street art .gifs (Pictured)! The process was completed by painting over the same area several times and photographing each transformation to produce a mind-boggling product.

Recently, artist Jeff Gaudinet released a collection of skate decks entitled "Skate Moss", a playful project born out of mispronouncing the super model’s name. Inspired by Gaudinet’s work, Jason Yim, Edsel Dilag and Chris Vilchez have created "Skate Upton", a new set of skateboard art decks featuring a bikini-clad Kate Upton.

"Deep Fried Gadgets" by Henry Hargreaves is exactly what it sounds like— various technological devices, battered and deep-fried in the name of art. While the project is not lacking the provocative factor, Hargreaves had a pretty firm philosophy behind his shenanigans: “You get the device, you’re excited about it, you consume it, and then you disregard it.”

For the past decade, graffiti artist Horfe has accumulated some of the most innovative  and painstakingly thought-out pieces of street art to ever be produced. In honor of his work, Topsafe and Vans OTW have released "Death is Home", the latest film to come from the Crack & Shine film series.

If you thought people who stuffed their dead pets bodies to preserve them were weird, what this guy did might just take you over the edge. Dutch artist Bart Jansen decided to preserve the memory of his dead cat Orville into a taxidermic, remote-controlled helicopter. If visualizing that did not make you flinch, check out the article to see Orville’s first flight.

Check back next Wednesday for the next installation of the POOL Weekly Roundup!

Click here to see past POOL Roundups!

Is it just us, or has there been an overload of amazing collaborations lately?! For us, a good collaboration is when your favorite people/places/things somehow come together to create one beautiful product— or in this case, the perfect shoe. For this week’s POOL Roundup, we’re turning you on to some of our favorite footwear collaborations!After releasing a massively successful collaboration last year, Kith NYC’s Ronnie Fieg and Caminando decided to come together once more for S/S ‘12 to give us the Nolita (pictured), a low-top shoe with pigskin lining that is designed to be worn without socks. Summer perfection!Rapper Theophilus London's notable style has led to several fashion ventures, including a jewelry and hat line. Now, he's collaborated with Del Toro on a pair of luxe, velvet loafers!Joining Mr. London in the exclusive club of successful hip-hop footwear collaborators, Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc drew inspiration from Olympic gold medalist Abebe Bikila for his sneaker addition to the Adidas Consortium collection.By now, Stussy has mastered the art of a thoughtful collaboration, and this season the iconic streetwear brand teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collection featuring of-the-moment camo print and sleek leather finishes.Perennial collaborators Mark McNairy and Union Los Angeles have released plenty of classic yet approachable designs together. Most recently they’re graciously giving us the Saddle Waxed Country Brogue Version 3, a classic country shoe counteracted with a bright, colorful commando sole.

Stay tuned for next week’s roundup!
May 30, 2012 / 10 notes
Is it just us, or has there been an overload of amazing collaborations lately?! For us, a good collaboration is when your favorite people/places/things somehow come together to create one beautiful product— or in this case, the perfect shoe. For this week’s POOL Roundup, we’re turning you on to some of our favorite footwear collaborations!

After releasing a massively successful collaboration last year, Kith NYC’s Ronnie Fieg and Caminando decided to come together once more for S/S ‘12 to give us the Nolita (pictured), a low-top shoe with pigskin lining that is designed to be worn without socks. Summer perfection!

Rapper Theophilus London's notable style has led to several fashion ventures, including a jewelry and hat line. Now, he's collaborated with Del Toro on a pair of luxe, velvet loafers!

Joining Mr. London in the exclusive club of successful hip-hop footwear collaborators, Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc drew inspiration from Olympic gold medalist Abebe Bikila for his sneaker addition to the Adidas Consortium collection.

By now, Stussy has mastered the art of a thoughtful collaboration, and this season the iconic streetwear brand teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collection featuring of-the-moment camo print and sleek leather finishes.

Perennial collaborators Mark McNairy and Union Los Angeles have released plenty of classic yet approachable designs together. Most recently they’re graciously giving us the Saddle Waxed Country Brogue Version 3, a classic country shoe counteracted with a bright, colorful commando sole.
Stay tuned for next week’s roundup!
May 23, 2012 / 6 notes

It’s almost summer, and most of us here at POOL are scrambling to stock our wardrobes with graphic tees, snapbacks, and outlandish prints from this summer’s streetwear pieces! Check out some of our favorite streetwear brands’ answers to all of our summer style needs:

After the crazy success of their Aya Cloud hat (pictured), In4mation has decided to release it to the masses for an encore! Produced in limited numbers, so cop yours A.S.A.P.

The streetwear veterans over at Stussy epitomized California summer steeze in their summer 2012 collection, rife with tropical prints and some collaborative pieces from Herschel Supply Co.

We love bi-coastal collaborations, and this summer we can look forward to an NY/SF love affair with the Mighty Healthy x Benny Gold capsule collection!

True to character, Mishka enlisted a number of colorful characters (Main Attraktionz, anyone?) to do justice to their lively summer pieces in their 2012 lookbook, shot in the bay area!

Besides your iPhone and car keys, sunglasses are the one summer item that you CANNOT leave home without. Luckily, streetwear legends FUCT have crafted a pair of timeless sunnies for summer that are sure to complement anything you decide to throw on this season.

Check back every Wednesday for POOLTRADESHOW’s weekly style roundups. Stay tuned!

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As you may have noticed, we here at POOL have got a DIY-nail fetish that could rival our girl Kid Sister’s (see: “Pro Nails”). 
Aztec? Pastel? High art? Check out some of our favorite nail art tutorials and get inspired!
Love Gucci? Re-create one of their Pre-Fall 2012 prints on your nails.
Impossible Conversations, the beautiful exhibit Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated on, is translated here into a fun and easy manicure.
Gradient hair-dye jobs are all the rage, but if that’s too much commitment for you, wear it on your digits.
We know you’ve already stocked your wardrobe with pastels for spring—take it a step further with a pastel ice cream manicure (is your mouth watering yet?) 
And for those of you who are feeling adventurous (and we mean adventurous), we suggest you take on some graphic, 3-D Aztec-inspired nails. 
May 9, 2012 / 224 notes

As you may have noticed, we here at POOL have got a DIY-nail fetish that could rival our girl Kid Sister’s (see: “Pro Nails”). 

Aztec? Pastel? High art? Check out some of our favorite nail art tutorials and get inspired!

  • Love Gucci? Re-create one of their Pre-Fall 2012 prints on your nails.
  • Impossible Conversations, the beautiful exhibit Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated on, is translated here into a fun and easy manicure.
  • Gradient hair-dye jobs are all the rage, but if that’s too much commitment for you, wear it on your digits.
  • We know you’ve already stocked your wardrobe with pastels for spring—take it a step further with a pastel ice cream manicure (is your mouth watering yet?) 
  • And for those of you who are feeling adventurous (and we mean adventurous), we suggest you take on some graphic, 3-D Aztec-inspired nails